Foreign Affairs reporter Jay Solomon was fired recently from The Wall Street Journal because he had broken ethical rules. On Wednesday, he was fired because source documents indicate that he had become involved with Iranian-born mogul Farhad Azima. The AP reports that, however, there is no clear evidence that Jay Solomon had accepted any offer from Azima.
Foreign Affairs Reporter Jay Solomon was Fired
The news took the media by shock because he was a veteran in the Foreign Affairs reporting. The scandal revolves, mainly, around the idea that Jay Solomon was offered a $750m deal with the United Arab Emirates.
Accordingly, major U.S. reporters’ organizations traded rumors and surprise and Slack and Gchat. Especially because the Foreign Affairs reporter Jay Solomon clearly broke the ethics rules of journalism.
The relation between Jay Solomon and Azima began several years ago, when the reporter started writing a series of reports on and about the Iranian-born mogul. And the email exchange between the two, while it doesn’t clearly indicate an acceptance on Solomon’s part from Azima, incriminates the former with breaching the ethics code of his profession.
In a statement released by the former Foreign Affairs reporter Jay Solomon, he says:
“I clearly made mistakes in my reporting and entered into a world I didn’t understand”.
And he continues by saying that:
“But I understand why the emails and the conversations I had with Mr. Azima may look like I was involved in some seriously troubling activities”.
However a veteran in the journalism field, including the existence of contacts of the said reporter, having expertise and influence, the Former Affairs reporter Jay Solomon has no excuse, voices say, for his behavior. Because, while a journalist and breaching an ethics code, will betray readers’ trust as far as his impartiality is concerned.
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